Oz the Great and Powerful review
After ruining his own Spider-Man series Sam Raimi returns to the director’s chair to re-imagine another iconic franchise. Did he do a better job?
Oz the Great and Powerful tells the story of how Oscar “Oz” Diggs goes from a womanizing conman/magician in a travelling circus to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz that we all grew up to know.
- It looks bloomin’ fantastic. The black and white Kansas works well and when the colours kick in they are so vibrant that its makes the film feel foreign and dreamlike.
- James Franco does a reasonable job in the lead role of mixing the sleazy operator with the likable lost boy seeking greatness.
- However, it’s Zach Braff and Joey King who steal the show. They play Oz’s assistant Monkey Finley and China Girl respectively. These are the 2 characters that really bring the human element into the movie, which is ironic because they spend most of the time in CGI form.
- The is no depth to key characters – the wicked witches feel one dimensional.
- Unfortunately this isn’t Mila Kunis’ best outing (I can hear TechPunk sobbing in the corner). Although some effort is made to show her characters decent into darkness her performance is wooden and half the time just not believable.
The Down Right Nasty
- Sam Raimi tries his best here. Oz the Great and Powerful combines lots of ingredients that should make it great: He’s got the Danny Elfman score, the original source material and a good script to work with.And although Raimi is able to tell you a good story he is unable to make it come to life. The film lacks feeling and we feel Tim Burton would’ve been able to inject a air of magic, and make a film worthy of succeeding the 1939 classic.
TP Score: 6/10